1snowParts of Britain will be gripped by plunging temperatures and CENTIMETRES of snow on Friday, forecasters are warning.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for ice for parts of the UK ahead of the weekend. Taking effect from 6pm on Thursday, November 16, until 6pm on Friday, November 17, meteorologists are urging motorists to be careful as the poor weather sparks travel chaos.

Scotland and the Midlands will be hit hardest, according to the Met Office, with wintry showers later on Thursday and overnight into Friday leading to some ice. Forecasters say this will take place primarily on untreated surfaces – but perhaps also where grit is washed off by frequent showers.

Additionally, the Met Office is predicting snow showers could see between one and three centimetres of the white stuff accumulate on hilly areas. Some of the heaviest showers could produce slushy conditions even at low levels. ┬áThe Met Office warned: “A cold northwesterly airstream will bring heavy showers or rain, sleet, snow and hail”. Clear spells in between will allow temperatures to fall close to or below freezing – hence the likelihood of some ice.